|Presenter Carolyn Abraham.|
Types of DNA Tests
As Carolyn explained, the "genome is a portal to the past" in that it can reveal where in the world our ancestors came from and how we are related to others. There are three basic DNA tests which all require a cheek swab:
Possible Ethical Issues
When you are testing something as personal as DNA, it is important to be aware of possible ethical concerns right from the beginning. There is always the potential to find that a relative you may be testing is not genetically related (i.e. father is not the biological father.) This issue is so common that software has been designed to catch these "false paternities" which has been estimated to account for about 10% of tests.
|DNA testing can reveal results which affect the entire family.|